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How to Get Your Kids to Eat a Healthy Lunch

By Tawnya Manion | September 19, 2013

Photo: Lau Rey

Photo: Lau Rey

When it comes to children eating school lunches, parents worry, that’s why Marcus makes it a priority to educate kids on what kind of foods are out there, how to cook them, and even more importantly, how fun they are to eat. When youngsters munch in the school cafeteria, this may be the first time they have ever been able to make their own choices about what to put on their plate, and though they don’t want to admit it, they are usually a little confused on what tastes good and will keep them full all afternoon.

The majority of parents think the only fool-proof way to ensure their child eat a nutritious lunch is to send a pre-packed meal; however, with cafeteria options, this does not ensure that your child will eat what is packed for them. The important thing is to help your little one make the right choices about what to eat and what not to eat. In this piece, I want to share with you some steps to get your youth to eat healthy even when you are not around.

Look over the cafeteria menu with your child and talk about what their likes and dislikes are.  Having an open dialogue with your youngster about food allows you to gain information on what your kid likes to eat, and lets them learn from your knowledge on what is good for them to consume. Looking at the menu lets you and your child speak your opinions on food and learn from them.

Include your kids in the grocery shopping. Talking to your kids about what you are buying, what’s on the table for dinner, and where those items appear on their cafeteria menu helps them be able to visualize the food that is served in their cafeteria.

Let them live a little. Kids like sweets, pizza, and cheese. To ban all of their favorite foods actually does more harm than good, because eventually they rebel, and sneak that particular food in as much as they can. Therefore, let them indulge a little, so that they build a more balanced diet.

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